. Similarities Between
Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings
(As Noted by a Fan of Both Series)
.
As I have stated elsewhere, I am an avid reader. The Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings books bring me profound joy. (Sad, maybe, but true.) As such, I have read both series numerous times and have noticed that striking similarities exist between them. I here list what I have found so far. Please feel free to use the form below to make suggestions.
If you are a student who will be using this list in a paper or project,
please contact me know via the form below for further instructions.
Harry Potter The Lord of the Rings
Please note that these similarities
apply to the books,
not the movies.
Voldemort





love



Harry's 11th


Dumbledore

Sirius Black, godfather


Dursleys

Harry's forehead,
given by Voldemort

cloak

Azkaban


work at Gringotts


Floo Network


owned by Rubeus Hagrid

Fred & George Weasley

pensieve


attacks Hermione
in a girl's bathroom

Forbidden Forest
on the edge of Hogwarts

Whomping Willow

in the Chamber of Secrets


horcrux cave

Harry vs. Draco

house-elves do chores


The Leaky Cauldron

Madam Rosmerta

in Hogwarts

a wizarding family

Harry


Sybill P. Trelawney


Peter Pettigrew
(Wormtail)

Rubeus Hagrid,
Keeper of Keys

Dobby


Aragog

Godric Gryffindor's sword

Fawkes, a phoenix


Sirius, on Buckbeak,
from Hogwarts

Dementors


giant squid
in the lake

Peter Wormtail

Sirius Black


Animagi


Pepperup Potion


Order of the Phoenix


Bowtruckles

Fred and George Weasley


work at St. Mungo's


thestrals

Locket


Food



Hermione
Dark Lord
Fearfully Named and
Attempting a Return to Power,
Who Placed Part of
His Soul in a Ring

Concept the Dark Lord
Cannot Comprehend,
Ultimately Used Against Him

A Birthday Sets
Events in Motion

Wizened Old Wizard

Strong Non-Parental
Connection

Annoying Relatives

Scar That Won't Heal


Inherited Invisibility Device

Eerie Prison
Controlled by Dark Forces

Treasure-Hoarding
Goblins

Long-Distance
Communication Method

A Dog Named Fang

Mischievous Pair

Liquid-Filled
Basin of Seeing

Troll


Dendrophobia Causer


Feisty Tree

Underground Meeting
with a Foe

Hidden Cave Door

Intense Wizard Conflict

Elves


Inn

Friendly Barkeeper

Great Hall

Longbottom

Possesses a Scar on
His Forehead

Seer of That
Which Is Beyond

Worm-y Bad Guy


In Charge of Keys


Pitiable Creature,
Speaks in Third Person

Giant Spider

Life-Saving Swords

Flying Creatures that Come
in the Nick of Time

Winged Escape
from a High Place

Creepy Hooded Figures
That Cause Chills

Do Not Disturb the Water
Because of...

...Loses a Hand

Scruffy Bad Guy Who
Turns out to Be a Good Guy

Humans Who Transform
Into Animals

Burning Drink That Clears the Head

Group of Wizards
That Fights Evil

Tree Guardians

Producer(s) of
Wondrous Fireworks

Healers


Dark, Winged Steeds

Draining Heirloom, Worn Around the Neck

Item Specifically Noted
as Not Able to Be Made from Nothing

A Woman Both "Beautiful"
and "Terrible"
Sauron





destruction of
the One Ring


Bilbo's 111th
and Frodo's 33rd

Gandalf

Bilbo Baggins, "uncle"


Sackville-Bagginses

Frodo's shoulder,
given by the Witch King

ring

Dol Guldur


one of the evil races
of Middle Earth

palantíri


owned by Farmer Maggot

Merry & Pippin

Mirror of Galadriel


attacks the Fellowship
in Moria

Old Forest
on the edge of the Shire

Old Man Willow

in Moria


Moria

Gandalf vs. Saruman

eldest speaking race of
Middle Earth

The Prancing Pony

Barliman Butterbur

in Edoras

a type of pipe-weed

Merry


Malbeth the Seer


Gríma
(Wormtongue)

Húrin,
Warden of the Keys

Gollum


Shelob

Andúril, Sting, Glamdring

Gwaihir, Lord of the Eagles


Gandalf, on Gwaihir,
from Orthanc

Nazgűl


Watcher in the Water
outside Moria

barrow-wight

Aragorn


Beornings


given by orcs


Istari


Ents

Gandalf


work at Minas Tirith's Houses of Healing

fell beasts of the Nazgűl

Ring


Fire



Galadriel
Comment on the List
Love it? Hate it?
Please send comments to medevam@yahoo.com.
Put
HP vs. LotR in the subject line, or else I'll think it's spam.
Link to the List
Click here for ways to link to this list.
Disclaimers
I mean in no way to suggest, intend, or imply that J.K. Rowling has in any way taken ideas or material from J.R.R. Tolkien.
I respect both of these authors immensely and post this list solely for the pleasure of those who love these great books.

Unfamiliar terms should be checked in the
Encyclopedia of Arda or the Harry Potter Lexicon.
I'm not just making this stuff up.


List Creation: May 2002
Last List Addition/Modification: November 20, 2007
Last Page Update: January 28, 2008